A surprising lot of good at Lot 3

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Review by Louise Avery

Lot 3 has had a few lives as a building. It looks like a toilet block but apparently it’s an old 1908 train master’s house, it went through a few versions of what I see today as its better self. Now a café serving to the commuter crowd and Ripponlea locals in the know, who are guarding this quiet gem closely to their hearts. There is no room to cater for large Sunday brunch groups but you will find a quiet spot to enjoy breakfast or my reason for getting there – a strong coffee. The venue is cosy but never feels crowded and has an exceptionally well thought out set up with an economical use of interior and outside space. Nestled next to Ripponlea station (you will find it as you step off the platform from the City) it’s a little café with a big heart.

20161115_120410About the coffee: it’s good. The beans are from Maker Fine Coffee who is based in Richmond. It’s value for money with a larger sized glass for my preferred morning drink – the café latte. The coffee has a slightly gritty but densely flavoured earthiness about it, warm solid and brusquely enjoyable.

The team were happy to chat and greet regulars who arrived through the door. It was one of those venues that remind me of a ‘Cheers’ moment as new arrivals burst through the door. The café was built on a family enthusiasm with the owner’s daughter working in the kitchen before she heads off to Uni in December. Despite my sugar-free pre-Christmas eating plan. I had a bit of trouble ignoring some fruity sweet treats on the counter that were oozing syrup. These little slices of fruity ooze were mainly fruit with homemade vinocotto made with by the owner’s loving hand. Not too sweet and for only $2 perfect with a bitey coffee.

20161115_120856These were the touches which make Lot 3 a little bit special. If you come in with kids there are soda fountains with old school flavours like Creamy Soda or Blueberry and Lime. If you need eggs, they are sitting on the shelf for sale or can be eaten in the delicious breakfast or lunch menu. If you are worried when the next train is going to arrive there is an Ipad showing the times.

They can do coffee in time for your morning commute or you could while away a few hours reading the paper. Lot 3 is hard to go past.

Lot 3

Location: Lot 3, Ripponlea, 3 Glen Eira Ave, Melbourne VIC 3185


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